DOJ eyes driver, ex-Usec in Witness Protection Program

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THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DOJ) is open to putting the former driver-bodyguard of Sen. Leila de Lima and a former Justice undersecretary in the Witness Protection Program (WPP) if they can testify to the lawmaker’s links to illegal drug syndicates in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

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In a text message to The Manila Times, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd said the driver, Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, and former Justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan could be viable state witnesses against de Lima.

“Theoretically, yes, if accusations are true and they (Dayan and Baraan) do not appear to be the most guilty,” Aguirre said when asked if the two could qualify under the WPP.

Under the Rules on Criminal Procedure of the Rules of Court, a person can be tapped as state witness if he or she “does not appear to be the most guilty” of the crime involved.

Aguirre also said the DOJ would conduct a probe on de Lima after investigators found out that two former officials of the DOJ protected drug lords inside the NBP.

“Isusunod na namin iyan [That will be next],” Aguirre said in a separate interview.

President Rodrigo Duterte last week linked de Lima to the drug trade, claiming she had an affair with her driver-bodyguard who collected money from drug syndicates to fund her senatorial campaign.

Whistleblower Sandra Cam, meanwhile, has claimed Baraan knew about the operations of de Lima and Dayan.

De Lima allegedly gave Dayan a house in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan. Baraan is said to be a native of Pangasinan and was a former board member of the province.

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  1. Ewan ko n lng kung hindi pa matibay na evidence yan. De lima is trying to preempt that the witnesses to be presented against her are coerced, fabricated and all lies. If that is the case then all your witnesses against the 3 senators, Binay and corona are all fabricated, coerced and lies

    • It could be that the witness testimony against CJ Corona was fabricated. The fabrication ng Corona ay ginawa yata sa foundry shop sa Caloocan. Ang sa tatlong senators ay gawagawa rin. Ang kay Bong Revilla ay gawa sa kanilang sabongan, Illegal. and kay Enrile nasunog naman ng pospurong Commando sa Agusan kaya nakalabas , at ang kayJinggoy naman ay sekretong ginawa sa Boracay Mansion. And kay Binay naman ay malaki ang Binayad para gagawin ng mga boyscawat sa Concepcion Aquilar St., sa Malate. Lalo nang fabricated ang kay D5 dahil may back-up si D30. Doon yata pinagawa sa NBP sa Munting Lupa. Doon kasi walang feeling pagod dahil my combo si Colangco. Dapat si D30 ay sabihin sa Ampatuan na kukuha ng D7 na Komatsu at buldosin nalang ang mga iyan para tapos na. Lol